Nicola Ellis: Play / Pause: Steel Industry Open Discussion

Play / Pause is a special open event promoting discussion about the developments and changes affecting the UK steel industry, both internal and external, over the last thirty-years. Taking place at Middlesbrough’s Heritage Gallery on Saturday 4 June (11am-3pm), the event is free to attend for anyone with an interest or connection to the steel industry.

Organised as part of artist Nicola Ellis’ current research project; Play / Pause: The turbulent history of UK Steel and funded by Arts Council England, the event offers an opportunity for comment and discussion over the complex challenges and resulting changes that have impacted on individuals, businesses and local steel communities. This discussion will continue the collection of personal experiences and individual perspectives from those connected to the industry which produces Ellis’ current sculptural material of focus; steel.

The event aims to create an opportunity for experiences specific to the three key areas of Teesside, Scunthorpe and Middlesbrough, visited during the research project to date. Specific experiences will be shared by speakers; Councillor John Warman (Mayor of Neath), Matthew John Buckley, Joy Louise Buckley (Scunthorpe) and Nicola Ellis (Manchester); who have very different relationships to the industry. Addressing differences or common factors in their experiences, the event will stimulate a wider discussion about lasting effects of internal and external changes, resulting in the status of the industry today.

Play / Pause is a free to attend event – please book your place now at:

Eventbrite - Play / Pause: Steel industry open discussion: Nicola Ellis

Complimentary light refreshments and lunch will be served as part of the event, providing further opportunities to develop conversations.

Play / Pause: The turbulent history of UK Steel is an Arts Council England funded project and has been produced and developed by Mark Devereux Projects. Nicola Ellis is represented by Mark Devereux Projects.

For further details about the event please contact us.

Further information


The Heritage Gallery | heritagegallery.co.uk | Cargo Fleet Offices | Middlesbrough Road | Middlesbrough | TS6 6XJ
The Heritage Gallery is housed in the Cargo Fleet Offices on Middlesbrough Road – formerly owned by Cargo Fleet Iron Co Ltd. and British Steel Teesside. It explores the industrial heritage in Teesside, including the iron and steel works.

SPEAKERS
Councillor John Warman Mayor of Neath worked in the Port Talbot steelworks for over thirty years as a boilermaker, worked on the blast furnaces and the deep water harbour where the huge iron ore carriers discharged their cargo. He was also a volunteer in the works rescue team for thirty years and received the works gold medal for his service in the rescue team.

Matthew John Buckley began his life as a steel worker at Shelton Steel Works in Stoke-on-Trent at 18 in the 1980’s. He has worked in many areas and mills until today where he is a Team Leader at the power station at the Scunthorpe steel works in North Lincolnshire. Through the years Matthew has seen many changes from British Steel, to Corus, to Tata and now with new owners.

Joy Louise Buckley, married to Matthew and therefore a ‘steel workers wife’. Just as the men who work in the industry have a strong bond with steel, so do the wives. Joy is an artist and works at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre in North Lincolnshire, she is very interested to see the development of Nicola Ellis’ work as it links the industry, lives and stories in an art form which can reach new audiences.

Prior to studying art and gaining a BA(Hons) and an MA in Fine Art, Tony Charles spent 16 years in the steelmaking and steel construction industries. His relationship with industry continues through his art practice as his experiences inform the artworks he creates.

Nicola Ellis graduated from the Manchester School of Art in 2011 with an MA in Fine Art. Her work recently featured in exhibitions including; It’ll Hold Until It Breaks (solo exhibition), Platform A Gallery, Middlesbrough; More room for error (touring solo exhibition), Arcadecardiff, Cardiff, &Model Gallery, Leeds & Bloc Projects, Sheffield; You won’t see that bit anyway (solo exhibition), 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe, UK, (2014); Head to Head: Nicola Ellis and Aura Satz, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester, UK (2013); Part of the Programme, FAFA Gallery, Helsinki (2012); and Cabedal, Plataforma Revolver, Lisbon (2012). Ellis lives and works in Manchester. Nicola Ellis is represented by Mark Devereux Projects.

Supported by


Arts Council England
Heritage Gallery, Middlesbrough, UK
Python Properties

No Comments

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.